IT industry figures named in High Court drugs case

Former Microsoft employee and IBM worker plead guilty to charges relating to distribution of class B drug

Two IT industry employees, Nicholas Bowyer, formerly of Microsoft and Richard Rinaldi, of IBM, have been found guilty of charges relating to the supply of the class B drug MDMA.

Following a trial at the Auckland High Court, Bowyer was found guilty of supplying MDMA and Rinaldi pleaded guilty to one representative count of selling 3000 pills.

They were among 16 arrested and charged with being part of a network that imported and distributed the drug nationwide.

Bowyer has left Microsoft, but Computerworld understands Rinaldi is still employed by IBM. Bowyer's LinkedIn profile lists him as having held the role of partner technology specialist at Microsoft from April 2008 until May this year, and says he is now employed as a director at IT Professional Services Ltd.

Full details can be found at the New Zealand Herald website.

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